biography

Olivia graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999 with a afirst class honours degree in Contemporary Craft. She established her business in 2000 when she joined Dean Clough as a studio artist. Olivia has become widely known for her ceramic sculptures and site specific installations. The first of these was Elvis the Whippet's Salon a life -size vintage hairdresser's parlor - after initially starting life in Debenhams window, Manchester a full size version was constructed at the city Gallery in Leicester in 2001, it toured across the U.K. until 2002.
In January 2002 there was a small scale piece at the Crafts Council gallery shop, London - Lbre Les Grenouilles highlighted the plight of frogs in the French Restaurant trade and the terriers intent on saving them. This was followed in 2004 by two more installations - Bournemouth Pier which toured around seaside resorts until 2009 and Operation Jumpsuit commissioned by the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art which featured over 500 protesting rats outraged at their treatment in a jumpsuit factory. Smaller pieces have included a window display at the Roger Billcliffe gallery in Glasgow featuring the highs and lows of a canine beauty show and in 2007 Olivia was commissioned by Millenium Galleries in Sheffield to produce a piece on the dogs home. In 2010 celebrating 10 years of being in business Reggie's Roller palace was commissioned by Stockport Art Gallery. 2010 also saw a show of Olivia's large scale oil paintings based on studies of marabou storks at Dean Clough. Reggie's Roller Palace toured the U.K. for 3 years before returning to it's roots for a permanent home at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax where Olivia's studio is.